Thursday, July 23, 2009

SF in SF - Kage Baker & Madeleine Robins
Saturday July 25th, 7 p.m.

SF IN SF - Science Fiction. San Francisco. A Perfect Fit.
Tachyon Publications presents a delightful evening with:

*Kage Baker, who will be reading from Tachyon's newest novel, The Hotel Under the Sand. It's a steampunk tour de force - think Treasure Island meets Peter Pan meets The Wizard of Oz. With both good *and* bad pirates. Check out The Hotel Under the Sand and Kage's blog.

*Madeleine Robins, whose characters include superheros, Regency heroines, and private dicks (what's the female equivalent of a private dick?). Check out Madeleine's blog.

Sat. July 25, 2009
The Variety Preview Room
582 Market St. @ Montgomery (*right* at the Montgomery BART stop)
Ground floor of The Hobart Bldg. (say hi to the security guard and
bear right, you can't miss it)
Doors open 6:00pm
Readings start 7:00pm
Cash Bar
Phone night of event - 415-572-1015
Questions? email

Readings followed by Q & A from the audience, with Rick Kleffel lending a hand as moderator

$5 suggested donation goes straight to Variety Childrens' Charity - drop some cash in the donation box, or buy a beer!

Books for sale at event, courtesy of Borderlands Books

DON'T DRIVE!! Seriously! Take public transportation as we are mere steps away from the BART/MUNI station at Montgomery.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Steampunk: The Gateway Drug

Today's Gateways to Geekery column in The Onion tapped our Steampunk anthology as "a no-brainer entree into steampunk." We're mentioned ahead of The Difference Engine, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and The Golden Compass. Really.

Which reminds me, Jacob and I had a great time at steampunk contributor Joe Lansdale's reading at the wonderful "M" is for Mystery Bookstore in San Mateo. Joe is, as his fiction suggests, deliciously snarky yet extremely genuine - and totally loyal to his Texan roots. We learned many useful things, like what constitutes an East Texan accent (think Boomhauer in King of the Hill). Also that the People's Republic of Berekley is full of "rednecks in funny pants" (so true). Stay tuned for more about our forthcoming collection, The Best of Joe R. Lansdale.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SF in SF movie night - Miyazaki tribute night

SF in SF - Science Fiction. San Francisco. A Perfect Fit
Sponsored by Tachyon Publications - Saving the World, One Good Book at a Time


SF IN SF Film night! FREE POPCORN!!!


What a coincidence! It's Miyazaki Month in the Bay Area, and while his personal appearance over at UC Berkeley has been sold out for weeks, come see the films that helped make his reputation! Both the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, and our SF in SF program will be showcasing Miyazaki films this month.

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg.
1st Floor - entrance is between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street at 2nd & Montgomery
San Francisco
Phone night of event - 415-572-1015
Questions? email

Doors and cash bar open at 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - Films will be preceded by a short talk from anime scholar, Michael Andre-Driussi

Remember - seating is limited, and on a first come, first seated basis.
$5 suggested donation goes straight to Variety Childrens' Charity - drop it in the donation box, or buy a beer!

PRINCESS MONONOKE - 134 mins. - 1997
"Set in feudal Japan a time of upheaval of samurai warriors and isolated villages comes this story of a gun-wielding, young brave princess who was raised by wolves named Princess Mononoke who is sent to an ancient, forested land to defend the forest from human encroachment which threatens to unbalance the forces of nature. Ashitaka intervenes to stop the two sides fighting and takes San back to the forest, but is injured in the process. With San's intervention, he is healed of his wounds - but not his curse - by the forest spirit." Written by Anthony Pereyra/IMDB

KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE - 103 mins. - 1989
"This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she's ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she's chosen as her new home. Written by Anthony Pereyra/IMDB


DON'T DRIVE!! Seriously! Take public transportation as we are mere steps away from the BART/MUNI station at Montgomery.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Locus founder Charles N. Brown (1937-2009)

Much to the sadness of the sf community, Charles N. Brown passed away yesterday on his way back from Readercon. Here is Graham Sleight's tribute to Charles, one of many to come.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Cursed Anti-Hero Carries Byronic Burden in Symbolic Sword!

Michael Moorcock is interviewed today in TIME magazine's Nerd World blog. Lev Grossman says, "Moorcock - along with Fritz Leiber - was [also] the writer who introduced me to the ridiculously powerful things that happen when you put a sophisticated, contemporary literary vocabulary at the service of a blackly grim high-fantasy imagination." (BTW, the title of this post is also Grossman's handiwork - I really couldn't have come up with that, though I may steal it.)